James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
Just finished and the story was exciting and compelling, with a refreshingly realistic take on future interplanetary travel. The author also does a great job of describing scenes and the minds of characters with just the right words or a turn of phrase, keeping things from becoming needlessly wordy. None of the details felt unnecessary.
The voiceover was also enjoyable, easy to understand, and well paced. I plan on getting the next book in the series.
James May's reading is outstanding, and if you don't fall in love with the crew of the rocinante by the end of this book, well - something's just not right with you.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.
Very rarely do I listen to a book more than once. (really, only "A Song of Ice and Fire" series and that's because it's the most complex story that requires multiple readings to see the subtle signs left for the reader to uncover)
Reason is, I only need to hear/read a book once for it to embed itself in me.
There were many "impressive" moments. I am in live with Holden! I really liked Miller too.
I guess, I was awed by when Miller finds Proto-Julie
I love Holden, but JM did a great job of those accents from the Belt. (or were they the Earthers?)
They ARE making a TV Series of this book! Yay, and it looks like it's going to be great!
Tag line could be, sexy rogue space ship captain meets obsessed detective who's fallen in love with the missing-girl case he's been charged to crack while mankind is in danger of extinction.
great fun and an engaging ride through a possible future and space.
The story of Leviathan Wakes is a relatively simple one. It's been touted as Game of Thrones in space by advertising promoting the new show on the Syfy network, and maybe when they adapt it to the screen, that will somehow be true, but right now it's nothing more than a simple detective story. Sure, there are a few factions, but really it's just about who's pulling the strings. There are clear heroes and villains, and none of the politics really come into play that much. Politics is more like backround radiation, and the protagonists rarely encounter it in any significant way.
The mystery was enough to keep me going, but just barely.
The narrator doesn't differentiate the voices much at all. The two main characters are supposedly polar opposites: the idealistic ship captain who always does the right thing and the jaded detective who makes the tough calls. But they sound nearly identical. Also, the narration is fairly flat, so even incredible tense dialogue in near death situations is delivered smoothly instead of being acted in a way that conveys the correct drama the situation requires.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This book will keep your attention, the reading is great. The dialogue is a bit like a soap opera at times. The ending is a little on the weak side, but overall pretty interesting.
It did an excellent job of establishing the world it was set in, the political stakes involved at all ends, and unfolding the story in a way that made you want to keep listening. Besides being engaging and thrilling, it also made me think. This isn't just a popcorn book.
I liked Miller the best - the tormented, homicidal, suicidal ex-cop who is in love with a woman he's never met.
(mild spoilers) I bought this book without really looking into the story (which turned out to be a good thing)... and when I realized one of the major characters was a cop I though "Oh crap". Cop stories bore me... I avoid them like the plague. Then we find out that the antagonist is an 'EVIL CORPORATION' and my eyes were rolling.. can you get more cliché? At that point I'm pretty sure the book will be terrible... but then... the Pièce de résistance... zombies... the most played out theme in the last 10 years. So by all measurable metrics I should hate this book... but I just couldn't. Sure the cop is a cop and does some of the boring cop things - but pretty soon he's not a cop... and he's doing all sorts of interesting things. And the Evil Corporation is pretty stereotypical evil corporation... but Corey makes it more about the human choices behind the scenes rather than creating a 'corporate boogeyman'. And zombies... well they're shambling around but the story doesn't revolve around them, they're a sideshow. What is central to the story is a core group of characters who are interesting, conflicted, often at odds... in a universe full of uncertainty and danger... basically the ingredients for a good tale. Well done.
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